American Airlines Flight Struck By Lightning Twice

by Nate Wooley | May 9, 2013 8:35 am

AmericanEagleAirlines185 American Airlines Flight Struck By Lightning Twice[1]The pilot of a flight from Detroit to New York declared an emergency after his plane was struck twice by lightning.

The flight – American Airline’s (PINK:AAMRQ[2]) American Eagle 4563 — and its 20 passengers landed safely at LaGuardia Airport, Opposing Views reports[3].

The flight was struck twice during rough weather while the plane was approaching the airport. The pilot notified air traffic controllers as a precaution and landed on schedule. No one was hurt in the incident.

“It is routine for an aircraft to land as soon as possible after a strike, but this is a precautionary measure,” says Professor Manu Haddad of Cardiff University. “Lightning is extremely hot, up to 30,000 degrees Celsius. The typical damage is a scorch mark where the point of contact was, usually a wing-tip.”

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  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/AmericanEagleAirlines185.jpg
  2. AAMRQ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAMRQ
  3. Opposing Views reports: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/american-airlines-pilot-declares-emergency-after-plane-struck-lightning-twice
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